Posted: February 26, 2013 | By: Joe Rosato Jr. [NBC News]
It’s almost as if the James R. Herman Cruise Ship terminal dropped out of the stratosphere onto San Francisco’s waterfront, ready to receive its first cruise-wear ensconced visitors.
Just a year ago, that same spot at Pier 27 was the home of an artificial soccer field and scores of clowns running around inside Teatro Zinzanni.
But in what might seem like a blink of the eye, the sleek, shape-shifter of a modern cruise terminal is ready for its ceremonial ribbon cutting. Credit the quick turnaround to the folks at the America’s Cup yacht race.
“I think the America’s Cup helped us get to the finish line,” said Peter Dailey, Maritime Director for the Port of San Francisco.
The idea of building a new cruise ship terminal has blown around San Francisco for 25 years. And though the $80 million dollar project was edging closer to reality, it took the America’s Cup organization to blow the final gust into the city’s sail.
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